Ice Hockey Wiki

Chicago Black Hawks - 1961 Stanley Cup Champions.

The 1961 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Black Hawks. Chicago was making its first appearance since the 1944 Stanley Cup Finals while Detroit, their first appearance since the 1956 Stanley Cup Finals. The Black Hawks won the best-of-seven series four games to two to win their third Stanley Cup, their first since 1938.

Paths to the Final

Detroit defeated Toronto Maple Leafs while Chicago defeated the defending champion Montreal Canadiens to advance to the Finals.

The Series

Ab McDonald scores the Cup winning goal on Hank Bassen, Game 6 of the 1961 Stanley Cup Finals, April 16, 1961.

Two of the most notable athletes in Chicago sports history, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita made their first Stanley Cup appearances. Hull scored two in Game 1, including the winner, and Mikita scored the winner in Game 5.

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
April 6 Detroit 2 Chicago 3
April 8 Chicago 1 Detroit 3
April 10 Detroit 1 Chicago 3
April 12 Chicago 1 Detroit 2
April 14 Detroit 2 Chicago 6
April 16 Chicago 5 Detroit 1

Chicago Black Hawks 1961 Stanley Cup Champions




† Left off the Cup, but included on the team picture.

Stanley Cup Engraving

  • Allan Roy Edwards was engraved as Allan R. Edwards. He never played for Chicago. Roy Edwards' first NHL game was during the 1967–68 season with Detroit.
  • Denis DeJordy's first NHL game was during the 1962–63 season, when he replaced Glenn Hall. This ended Hall's record of 502 consecutive complete games.
  • Ronald Robert Murphy was engraved as Robert Murphy.
  • Tod Aloysius Martin Sloan was engraved as Martin A. Sloan.



  • (2000) Total Stanley Cup. NHL. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books, 12, 50. ISBN 1–55168–261–3.
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Black Hawks
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at 1961 Stanley Cup Finals. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Ice Hockey Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (Unported) (CC-BY-SA).